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The Punisher: No Mercy (2009)

Zen Studios

When you think about a superhero game, what kinds of things do you want to do? At any point during this exercise, did you imagine a generic first-person shooter? 

Probably not, because that's a bland idea. But that didn't stop Zen Studios from creating The Punisher: No Mercy -- a hum-drum first-person angst machine. Remember the Punisher's iconic left glove? No? That's a shame, because that's mostly all you see of him except when he dies and ragdolls while saying something a 13-year-old would consider edgy.

There's also no real single-player mode. It's just multiplayer but with bots. It's like they didn't even try with this title. I imagine the dev meetings went something like this:

"Hey, should we make an engaging Punisher story filled with cool characters, vengeance, and all those things The Punisher is known for?"

"Nah, Let's make it Call of Duty and call it a day."

Published Feb. 8th 2017

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